Michael Wong working with Super Junior-M
By Chew Wan Ying
Thanks to his moving ballads, Mandopop singer-songwriter Michael Wong is going places.
His soaring popularity sees him becoming a sought-after hitmaker not just in the Chinese region, but way beyond that.
Thanks to the immense success of Tong Hua (Fairy Tale), his 2005 hit ballad that remains popular until today, Korean pop group Super Junior-M (SJ-M) recently came knocking on his door, requesting for a song.
Wong admitted that he had never heard of SJ-M, which is an official sub-unit of Korean boy band Super Junior.
“They sent over their profiles along with their songs. That’s when I knew about them and that they are so huge all over the place,” said Wong at a recent press conference.
He has yet to sit down and pen the song, but Wong said that it would most likely be a love ballad like Fairy Tale or Courage, the song he wrote for fellow singer Fish Leong in year 2000.
“Originally I thought of writing them something that sounds like the music of Xiao Hu Dui (The Little Tigers, a Taiwanese pop group in the 1990s), but they specifically asked for a love song,” he said.
While he is busy expanding his career in the Asia region, the singer has not forgotten his Malaysian fans. Come this Dec, they are in for a treat.
Audiences at his coming two-night concert at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre will get to pick out his wardrobe during one of the songs.
“We did this at my concert in Taiwan. I changed into the outfits they picked for me on the spot.
“For my Malaysian shows, I would wear anything the audience picks for me, provided that it looks nice on me-lah,” he added cheekily.
Other than the right of dressing your idol up, Michael Wong Live in Malaysia 2010, presented by DiGi and organised by Live & Loud and Xymusic, promises a unique concert experience, where fans can watch him in the comfort of the Plenary Hall of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
“We decided to do something different this time. This is a venue where the audiences feel their connection with the stage for every single second, regardless of where they sit.
“We did a similar show in Taiwan and I could see every fan’s response. It shortened the distance between us. And you wouldn’t have to worry about being blocked by those in front of you,” enthused Wong about the venue that can house 3, 000 audiences.
What’s more, the two concerts will feature two entirely different playlists covering the vast repertoire of the Malaysian-born, Taiwan-based singer.
“From the discussion sites, we found out that, a lot of the songs that my fans would want to hear are not in our playlist. That got us thinking: Why not we do another show with a different playlist?” he said.
Michael Wong Live in Malaysia 2010 will be held at 8pm on Dec 10 and 11.